The Enemy in the Household: Family Violence in Deuteronomy and Beyond

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Baker Books, 1. feb. 2012 - 224 sider
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This fresh approach to troubling biblical texts explores the "family violence" passages in Deuteronomy, tracing their ancient interpretation and assessing their contemporary significance. Three laws in Deuteronomy command violence against a family member--the enemy in the household--who leads others away from covenantal obligations to God. This book examines such "constructive" violence carried out to protect the covenant community by investigating the reading practices of ancient Jewish and Christian interpreters of Scripture and their applications of these passages. It also helps modern readers approach biblical texts that command violence in the family, providing a model for the ethical interpretation of these difficult texts.
  

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Innhold

Understanding Constructive Family Violence in Deuteronomy
17
Constructive Family Violence in Hellenistic Palestine
59
Enmity and Treason according to Philo Josephus and the Rabbis
95
Constructive Family Violence and the Early Church
131
Reading Constructive Family Violence in the Bible
161
Bibliography
169
Index of Ancient Sources
207
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Caryn A. Reeder (PhD, University of Cambridge) is assistant professor of religious studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

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